The Secret to Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale is like “Steel Magnolias” for 2016. It tells the story of three best friends living in a small Louisiana town who share every heartache life throws at them. Funny dialogue abounds, as well witty zingers.
Carrigan, the main character, is somebody readers will have a strong reaction to. You’ll either love her or hate her. Married at seventeen to man who was much older and richer, she spends her days pretty much doing nothing but obsess over whether or not her husband Jack is having an affair. Carrigan doesn’t have a job or children, she doesn’t clean her own house…no wonder she is bored and obsessive.
Laine on the other hand, is a teacher who works her butt off. When she’s not in her classroom she’s keeping Carrigan in line, or else volunteering to help save the whole town. But surfaces can be deceiving and there is more to Laine’s story than first meets the eye.
Ella Rae provide comic relief for the trio. She’s always up for a good time. But when the chips are down, Carrigan and Laine can count on Ella Rae to be there when they need her.
There is a depth to The Secret to Hummingbird Cake that reveals itself the further you read. I don’t want to reveal spoilers, but here’s a tease. One of my favorite lines was: “Hurt me with the truth, but don’t comfort me with a lie.”
P.S. I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for my honest opinions and review.